"No," Bryant said, when first asked if he'd be ready. "I want to get it right. I'm not trying to keep hurting it. I don't want to go all season with the problem." He upgraded himself to a "maybe" when talking to reporters later.
And, as he left to go to meetings, Bryant said he was preparing as if he were going to play against Atlanta.
For the record, Parcells said Bryant would play but likely not start in their effort to careful with the injury.
Parcells kept six receivers on his roster, but Zuriel Smith and Reggie Swinton are mostly around for their return ability. Smith is not even guaranteed to be active and Swinton is expected to be used as the kickoff returner against the Falcons. His kickoff return for a touchdown in the final preseason game earned Swinton a spot on the team.
"I think this is the first time I've ever kept six receivers but ... if you stand up in front of the players and tell them you are going to go by what you see and you see Swinton do what he did, you got to (keep him)," Parcells said. "So you just got to say 'Hey, I got to rethink this.'" Personnel/Injury notes
--OG Larry Allen strained a hamstring in practice Tuesday and is questionable for the Atlanta game. If he can't go Tyson Walter will start in his place. This is potentially a huge setback for Allen, who struggled throughout training camp with his conditioning. Despite a nagging quad injury, he will likely play against the Falcons but be limited to a backup role.
--QB Quincy Carter is the opening day starter for the Cowboys for the third straight year. This time is significant because he battle back after being benched last season and the Decatur, Georgia native will open against his hometown team.
--WR Joey Galloway is looking to build on last season's solid campaign in which he averaged 42 yards per scoring catch on six touchdown receptions.
--P Toby Gowin, who is back in Dallas after three seasons in New Orleans, is a key part of the Cowboys plan for success. Parcells wants to play field position football and he is counting on Gowin's punts and kickoffs as part of that process.
--SS Roy Williams, who had a team-high five picks last season, is looking to have an impact as a pass rusher in 2003. The Cowboys will use him close to the line of scrimmage to shutdown the run and blitz the quarterback.
The key for Dallas is ball control on offense quarterback Quincy Carter playing mistake free and Troy Hambrick leading the way on the ground. Defensively, they will try to stack the line to stop the run and force backup quarterback Doug Johnson, who is replacing an injured Michael Vick, to beat them through the air.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Falcons receiver Peerless Price vs. Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman. The Falcons signed the speedy Price to give them a big-play option other than quarterback Michael Vick. With Vick sidelined, Price is their only big play threat and he will be asked to earn his money against Cowboys rookie top pick Terence Newman, who is good but will still has a lot to learn.
WR Antonio Bryant will play but won't start because of a quad injury. Look for Joey Galloway and Terry Glenn to go first at receiver.
--OG Larry Allen is questionable after straining a hamstring in practice on Tuesday. He did not practice Wednesday. Tyson Walter will go in his place if he's not ready.
--CB Pete Hunter, who missed the entire preseason with a fractured forearm, looked good in practice Tuesday and Wednesday and will be ready for the Falcons game.
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